MAB News Archive

Dems Want FOIA Expansion by ‘Sunshine Week’

Michigan Democratic Party leaders called on the GOP to join them in supporting an expansion to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by the end of Sunshine Week. Sunshine Week promotes open government and freedom of information and lasts from March 13 to March 19. As Governor Snyder released thousands of pages of emails from the… read more

Call on Congress

MAB on Capitol Hill

MAB’s Executive Committee and some Board members traveled to Washington D.C. February 22-24 for the 2016 National Association of Broadcasters State Leadership Conference (NAB SLC). The conference agenda included presentations by NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith on what Washington policies have in store for broadcasters and digital media companies in 2016, the importance of using social media as… read more

Security Upgrades Coming for the Capitol Building

The Michigan State Capitol building could see more, and better, cameras and traffic barricades under plans discussed by the Capitol Commission last week. While metal detectors were not part of the discussion, the Commission also considered replacing the building’s back-up generator, including air monitoring, as part of an ongoing review of the physical plant. To… read more

Google Won’t Participate in the Spectrum Auction

According to a report in FierceWireless, Google said it will not bid for 600 MHz spectrum licenses in the FCC’s upcoming spectrum incentive auction scheduled for March 2016. Google will join Sprint, Charter Communications and other tech heavyweights in sitting out the event. “Like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we’ll be… read more

WLNS-TV to be Acquired By Nexstar

According to the Associated Press and Lansing State Journal, Nexstar has announced that it is buying rival TV station operator Media General after Meredith agreed to allow Media General to get out of a takeover bid for Meredith. Media General is the parent company of WLNS-TV (Lansing), the Lansing-based television news station that covers eight counties… read more

Michigan Interscholastic Press Association and Student Press Law Center Coalition Requests MAB Support

The Michigan Interscholastic Press Association and the Student Press Law Center are working together to build a coalition to push for legislation in Michigan to protect student journalists, including student broadcasters, from unwarranted censorship. The legislation is modeled on legislation that unanimously passed North Dakota’s Republican-controlled legislation earlier this year. In short, the bill would… read more

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WYTZ-FM Hosts a Radiothon to Benefit St. Jude Kids

WYTZ-FM (Benton Harbor) hosted its 11th annual 2016 Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon broadcasting live from Silver Beach Center in St. Joseph. The fundraiser took place on February 18-19. This annual event raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, ranked one of the best pediatric cancer hospitals in the country. St. Jude is the first… read more

House Holds Off on ‘Gag Order’ Fix

Last week, the Michigan House of Representatives scheduled HB 5219 for a floor vote but pulled the bill before the vote could take place. The bill is designed to clarify what local municipalities can say on ballot proposals using taxpayer dollars. HB 5219 currently states that local entities can provide factual and strictly neutral mass communications… read more